June 26, 2012
9:00 am - 10:30 am
National Press Club
The Progressive Policy Institute hosted a forum to discuss the importance of holding charter schools accountable and closing those schools that are failing. David Osborne, Senior Fellow at PPI, released his report “Improving Charter School Accountability: The Challenge of Closing Failing Schools”
Accompanied by Greg Richmond, Nancy Van Meter, and Lindsey Burke, the forum stressed the potential for success of charter schools as a whole, but pointed to the importance of closing those charters that are failing their students. While the causes for failing schools was debated, there was a general consensus that these failing schools must do better and should be held to higher standards in their charters.
According to Osborne’s report, the primary way of achieving higher accountability and success is to start at the beginning, with the actual charters and authorizers. More training, larger staffs, better funding, and improved information are all critical to improving the quality of charter school authorizers and the schools that they are responsible for.
David Osborne, Author of new PPI Report, “Improving Charter School Accountability: The Challenge of Closing Failing Schools”
Greg Richmond, National Association of Charter School Authorizers
Nancy Van Meter, American Federation of Teachers
Lindsey Burke, The Heritage Foundation
Will Marshall, Progressive Policy Institute